Accredited with the Northwest Accreditation Commission, Alpine Academy is a Special Purpose School. Additionally, we are certified by the State of California as a non-public school. In a traditional classroom setting where class size is no more than 12 students, girls in grades 7-12 are taught both core and elective classes by teachers certified in their content area and endorsed in special education. Teachers are specifically trained to be attentive to the unique needs students with emotional disabilities bring to the academic setting. The emphasis of schooling at Alpine Academy is directed toward preparing students for their next academic setting, be it a public or private school, college, or a less restrictive therapeutic setting. Our goal is that our students leave our program empowered with the skills they need to effectively access the curriculum in their next school environment.
Understanding that most of our students are typically preparing for a more traditional future academic setting, the teachers at Alpine Academy use a direct instruction style, and classrooms are dedicated to a single subject area with specific curricular learning goals to meet the requirements for successful completion of that course. The college-preparatory curriculum is based on the standards set forth by the Utah State Board of Education, incorporates the Common Core standards, and is taught with respect for differences in learning styles, learning rates, and individual capabilities.
Alpine Academy accepts students whose learning needs allow them to remain in a small, nurturing classroom setting where the instruction is designed to ensure students pass school and state curricular assessments. Teaching techniques and procedures within the academic setting are designed to address students who are highly motivated or struggling to get by. Students will find success and stimulation in our classrooms and thrive under education plans that are designed to meet their needs.
Alpine Academy’s year-round school calendar includes 210 instructional days, which is 30 more days than a traditional school calendar. We use these additional days to increase the number of courses a student can take, which yields many benefits, including exposure to electives, opportunities to recover credit, options to take honors courses or remediation as necessary, and the ability to schedule therapy as a regular part of the school day. Enrichment classes (called clubs) are held for 3 hours each Friday, and students have an opportunity for off-campus activities to enhance their educational experience. Two hours of additional tutoring is also offered on Fridays.
We prepare both the student and the family for a stable transition from our structured treatment setting to their home environment — equipped with skills that will help them do well at home, in school, at work, and as a contributing member of their community.